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The Old Curiosity Shop 

The story of Nell Trent, a beautiful young girl. An orphan, she lives with her Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London.




1980   1979  


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Series cast summary:
Natalie Ogle ...  Little Nell 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Trevor Peacock ...  Daniel Quilp 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Granville Saxton ...  Dick Swiveller 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Sebastian Shaw ...  Grandfather 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Christopher Fairbank ...  Kit Nubbles 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Colin Jeavons ...  Sampson Brass 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  Single Gentleman 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Freda Dowie ...  Sally Brass 6 episodes, 1979-1980
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ...  Mr. Witherden 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Keith Hazemore Keith Hazemore ...  Abel Garland 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Mrs Quilp 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Nubbles 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Simon Garstang Simon Garstang ...  Little Jacob 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Annabelle Lanyon ...  Small Servant 4 episodes, 1980
Brian Oulton ...  The schoolmaster 4 episodes, 1980
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ...  Mr. Garland 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Margaret Courtenay ...  Mrs. Jarley 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Freda Jackson ...  Mrs. Jiniwin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ...  Codlin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Bernard Stone Bernard Stone ...  Short 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Peter Bland ...  Mr. Slum 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Hal Jeayes Hal Jeayes ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
John Kearney John Kearney ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
James Marcus James Marcus ...  George 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Pauline Winter Pauline Winter ...  Mrs. Garland 2 episodes, 1979
Patrick Carter Patrick Carter ...  Turnkey 2 episodes, 1980


The story of Nell Trent, a beautiful young girl. An orphan, she lives with her Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

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9 December 1979 (UK) See more »

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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Began filming with Patrick Troughton. When Troughton became indisposed following his heart attack, Trevor Peacock took over the role of Daniel Quilp. See more »


Version of The Old Curiosity Shop (1934) See more »

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An oldie but goodie from the BBC
28 August 2012 | by dave88-2See all my reviews

Despite the poor reviews here, I find this series holds up very well on a repeat viewing, I first saw it aged 12 on it's original broadcast. Now, as then, Trevor Peacock's Quilp was what kept me watching. Evil yet gleeful, drinking and smoking and quiping nastily at all within range.

The production's weakness are the story's really, which cannot be helped. It is hard to work up much sympathy for the weak-willed grandfather, but Nell is easy to root for, as is Dick Swiveller, whose scatterbrained asides and meanderings are very good fun.

It feels dark and dirty and oppressive, yet there is good in the world, and Dickens keeps you wondering which will emerge victorious. (Dis)honourable mention to Sampson Brass too, his snivelling obedience and toadying is very well done.

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